Bong Eliminate Nimba to Reach Soccer Finals

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Meet Winner of Montserrado vs. Margibi

The reaction was mixed. Many jubilated yesterday evening when Bong County defeated rivals Nimba County 4-1, post penalty kicks in the first semi-final soccer encounter at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.

The second semi-final match was scheduled between Montserrado County and Margibi County also at the SKD Complex, yesterday, in the semi-finals of the ongoing County Sports Meet. Both teams settled to a 1-1 draw at the end of 90 minutes and 30 minutes extra time did not produce the needed result.

And across Monrovia, Bong County citizens broke into jubilation when the last penalty kick entered the goal beyond the reach of Nimba County goalkeeper.

Bong County, therefore, scored three against none by Nimba County and made the scores 4-1.

Nimba County proved superior in the early exchanges, scoring their first goal in the 5th minute of the second half only for Bong County to cancel it through a penalty award.

Aware that Nimba County were better in their defense, which made it difficult for Bong County to penetrate for goals, Bong County seemed satisfied when the full 90 minutes ended, along with the 30 minutes extra time.

With excitement, Bong County rallied their men to prepare to complete the game in their favor as five of their players elected to do the job.

It was Nimba County that started the action but Bong County’s goalkeeper, apparently with a great deal of experience in penalty saves, seemed unperturbed as he went to the same direction that the Nimba County player sent the ball.

Nimba County players, officials, and fans could not believe what was beginning to happen.

However, the stadium went into jubilation even before the Bong County player moved on to the ball.

When the player hit the ball, Nimba County’s goalkeeper was too late as the ball hit the back of the net, and as Nimba County failed to score the second kick, Bong County went ahead with the next score.

In the end, Bong County players and officials congratulated themselves for qualifying for the finals. Bong County will go against the winner of Montserrado County versus Margibi County game that was going on during press time last night.

Nimba County, from the start of the County Meet in Group A, could not put up any impressive performance. Both sides drew goalless when they met on April to qualify for the quarter-finals.

However, Bong County showed a good side when they whipped Bomi County 5-0 in the quarter-final stage. Nimba could only manage a 1-0 win over Grand Cape Mount County on their way to the semi-finals.

The finals will come on Sunday at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex. The third place winner will come on Saturday.

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